Notes: Chapman makes huge jump in Schwab Cup

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May 28, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

The Champions Tour heads to West Des Moines, Iowa for the Principal Charity Classic at the Glen Oaks CC, May 28-June 3. The purse is $1.75 million and the winner will receive $262,500 and 263 Charles Schwab Cup points. Last year, Bob Gilder won at the age of 60 when he birdied the final hole and watched Mark Brooks three-putt the final green and hand Gilder the title by one stroke.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: Chapman's win in the Senior PGA Championship

RECENTLY

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Roger Chapman claimed a two-stroke win over John Cook at the 73rd Senior PGA Championship. Chapman enjoyed a nine-stroke advantage at one point on the front side. Cook had an opportunity to get within three shots of Chapman with three holes to play, but he missed a five-foot birdie chance on the par-5 15th. Chapman dedicated the win to longtime swing coach and former European Ryder Cup player George Will, who had passed away recently.

• Chapman became the eighth player to make the Senior PGA Championship his first title on the Champions Tour. His previous-best career finish on the Champions Tour was a T27 in the 2011 Senior PGA Championship.

• Players from six different countries finished among the top 10 at last week's Senior PGA Championship.

• Cook has now finished second in the last two major championships on the Champions Tour and has now finished second in four different majors.

• Cook became the first player in Senior PGA Championship history to shoot four rounds in the 60s and not win.

Hale Irwin, 66, matched his age for the fourth time in his career in the second round of the Senior PGA Championship. His third-place finish was Irwin's 207th top-10 finish of his Champions Tour career and 26th top-five performance in 66 career starts in senior majors.

Kenny Perry's 9-under-par 62 in the final round of the Senior PGA Championship matched the lowest round ever shot in a senior major and is also a new 18-hole record for the Senior PGA Championship.

• Two players had their best career performances in stroke-play events on the Champions Tour. Joe Daley and Sandy Lyle both closed with rounds of 66-64 to finish T4 at the Senior PGA Championship.

• The winner has now come from the final grouping in the last 19th consecutive Champions Tour events.

Corey Pavin made his 29th career start at last week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and finished T31. Pavin finished T38 in his one other PGA TOUR start this year, the Sony Open in Hawaii. Fellow Champions Tour professionals Fulton Allem and Keith Clearwater missed the cut.

• The CVS Caremark Charity Classic had already announced Champions Tour professionals Brad Faxon, Mark Calcavecchia, Corey Pavin and Peter Jacobsen as participants for the event in Rhode Island next month. Last week, Jeff Sluman, Jay Haas and John Cook were added to the field along with several PGA TOUR and LPGA stars.

COMING UP

• Fifteen former major championship winners from the PGA TOUR are expected to compete in this year's Principal Charity Classic. The 15 have won 24 major championships on the PGA TOUR. In addition, there are 15 other players who have claimed Champions Tour major championships. This year's field also includes six members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, including the most recent inductee -- Sandy Lyle -- who was inducted on May 7th.

• In the 11-year history of The Principal Charity Classic, there have been six aces made in the tournament, but none since the 2006 event.

• As a result of his T4 finish at the Insperity Championship, Bobby Clampett earned a berth in the Principal Charity Classic as a player not otherwise exempt who finished in the top 10 at the previous Champions Tour co-sponsored event. It was Clampett's fourth top-10 finish in his last five starts.

CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

• Chapman picked up 756 Charles Schwab Cup points for his Senior PGA Championship win and moved into third place behind John Cook, who was runner-up at Benton Harbor. Michael Allen still leads the season-long competition with 923 total points. Bernhard Langer is in fourth place and Kenny Perry moved up to fifth behind his Sunday 62, a Senior PGA record.

NUMBERS

• 8 -- The number of winners in the ten-year tournament history of the Principal Charity Classic who have carded three rounds in the 60s.

DID YOU KNOW??

Olin Browne, the defending U.S. Senior Open champion, earned one of his first professional wins in the state of Iowa when he captured the 1991 Hawkeye Open in Iowa City as a member of the Nationwide Tour. A number of current Champions Tour players were also in that field -- Tom Lehman (T28), Lonnie Nielsen (T49) and P.H. Horgan III (missed cut).

ON THIS DATE

5/28/06 -- Jay Haas wins his first major championship when he makes a clutch birdie putt on the final hole and then pars the third playoff hole at defeat Brad Bryant at the Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree GC in Edmond, Okla.

6/2/00 -- Dave Eichelberger makes his 1,000th combined start (PGA TOUR/Champions Tour) when he competes at the BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland.

6/2/02 -- Trailing by 10 strokes after 54 holes, Gary Hallberg closes with an 8-under-par 64 and goes on to a three-stroke victory at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic on the Nationwide Tour. It matches the Nationwide Tour's record for best come-from-behind victory.

QUOTE TO NOTE

"People have said how wonderful the golfers are out here on the Champions Tour and to a man, every single guy that I've known over all the years said, "Welcome to the Champions Tour" and it's really a nice feeling." --Andrew Magee comments on his Champions Tour debut at last week's Senior PGA Championship after turning 50 on May 22 .Magee finished 60th last week.

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